August 13, 2023

The evidence of genuine faith

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Most people like courtroom dramas. Unless you’ve been to court yourself, everything you know about the criminal justice system you learned from Law & Order and its many spin-offs. While there are big differences between the Ontario Court of Justice and what you see on TV, at least one thing is the same: you need evidence to get a conviction. Evangelist Billy Graham often asked this question in his sermons: “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” It's a sobering question. And as we look at Colossians 3:12-17 this Sunday, we’ll expand it out to three questions that get to the heart of showing evidence of genuine faith. We’ll see what it means to be a true Christian.
Series: Invisible God; Visible Faith (Colossians)
Todd Dugard
Message: 7 – The evidence of genuine faith
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Colossians 3:12-17
August 13, 2023
If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Billy Graham
Matthew 7:21-23
Three essential questions for every professing believer…
Question #1 – Am I even a Christian? (v. 12a)
Christ is either Lord of all, or is not Lord at all.
J. Hudson Taylor
A true Christian can say:
(1) I am chosen
(2) I am forgiven
(3) I am loved
Question #2 – Am I wanting to be more virtuous? (v. 12b-14)
Am I growing in these 7 Christian virtues?
Compassion – I yearn to show mercy to people
Kindness – I am generous and good to people
Humility – I don’t think too much of myself
Meekness – I am gentle with people
Patience – I endure calmly even when provoked
Forgiveness – I don’t hold other’s sin against them
Love – I intentionally and sacrificially put others before me no matter who they are or what they’ve done
Question #3 – Am I doing what’s necessary to get there? (v. 15-17)
A true Christian has a heart that is: as we saw,
(1) at peace
(2) filled with gratitude
(3) saturated with the Word
The way we treat the Word of God is the way we treat the God of the Word
Warren Wiersbe
(4) overflowing in worship
(5) eager to serve
The Col3:12-17 Cycle